Porcelain vs. Ceramic Veneers

When it comes to treatments that can truly transform your smile, veneers give you one of the most noticeable returns on your investment. Veneers can cover stained teeth that don’t respond well to teeth whitening, cover irregularities in tooth size, make chips disappear, and generally give your teeth a perfectly streamlined appearance.

However, not all veneers are the same. Some are made of porcelain, while others are made of ceramic. You don’t have to decide on your own which to choose. Dr. Anette Betancor of Dente Complete Dentistry explains the differences between the two.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin, fingernail-shaped shells that go over the surface of your teeth. First, we file down your natural tooth to place the veneers over them. In most cases, this is a permanent commitment. You can expect veneers to last between 5-15 years, depending on which type you get and how well you take care of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are considered the gold standard for most people. Porcelain has a natural translucent appearance that most closely resembles real teeth. Dente uses Emax® porcelain veneers, which are prepared and placed on your teeth in the same visit. 

Porcelain is also a very durable option. You can expect porcelain veneers to last on average 10-15 years. Although porcelain is strong and resistant to staining, it is still possible to chip or stain the porcelain.

Ceramic veneers

Ceramic veneers are also sometimes called composite resin veneers. This option has the advantage of being a bit cheaper than porcelain, and it doesn’t require quite as much shaping of your natural tooth. 

However, the ceramic or composite resin is more porous than porcelain, so you may be more susceptible to getting stains on your veneers. Ceramic veneers are also more limited in how much they can cover. For example, if you have significant discoloration or spacing issues, it may not be treatable with ceramic veneers as they would be with porcelain. For most people, ceramic veneers don’t last quite as long as porcelain; most ceramic veneers last for about 5-7 years.

Factors involved in choosing porcelain vs. ceramic

The most important part of choosing porcelain vs. ceramic veneers is the result of a consultation with your Dente dentist. We’ll discuss your smile goals and determine the best way to achieve them. 

Whether you choose porcelain or ceramic veneers, you can select the shade that you want for your teeth. Your Dente dentist will tell you whether you’re a good candidate for ceramic veneers or if you should go for porcelain instead. A lot of what will go into the decision is the number of dental imperfections you want to cover.

With both porcelain and ceramic veneers, they will be polished after they’re put in place. However, with porcelain, this polishing has the result of very natural-looking teeth, and you will most likely not be able to tell that your teeth aren’t natural at all.

Ceramic veneers do a great job as well, but they’re more limited in how natural they look, even after polishing. Still, you should find either option can significantly transform your smile and make it look more brilliant and dazzling. 

If you want to give your teeth the proper Hollywood makeover, veneers are the answer. Call Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

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